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Learning disabilities charity celebrates 40th anniversary of its specially-equipped residence

Royston cuts the cake at Alison House in Maida Vale, where around 60 guests join

Royston cuts the cake at Alison House in Maida Vale, where around 60 guests joined in the anniversary celebrations

Published: 27 January, 2017

FOR 40 years, The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities has been providing much-needed short breaks.

On Monday the charity celebrated the anniversary of its specially-equipped residence, Alison House, in Maida Vale, which opened in 1977. The building in Croxley Road was set up to provide a place that adults with learning disabilities could go to stay for a short time and enjoy a few days of fun and activities.

More than 60 guests joined in the celebrations, including the home’s first “matron” Jane Reynolds, who was there when the service first opened. She said: “It has been a privilege to have been associated with the home since its inception.”

Jill Carter, whose daughter has stayed at Alison House occasionally over the past 33 years, called the service a “lifeline” which allowed her and her husband to socialise and have a holiday every now and again. 

A painting was unveiled of Alison Tennant, former chairwoman of the charity, who was instrumental in the service’s inception and was described by trustee Lynne Brooke as “a firebrand and a revolutionary”.

Food was provided by the Yhum Yhums, a social enterprise, which teaches people with learning disabilities to prepare food.


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